The spending for the next financial year is estimated as 8.3 billion dollars and for the current year it is 8.5 billion dollars. Brewer proposed it to be 8.9 billion dollars and it is more than the approval amount by the senate that is 8.1 billion dollars. The other steps and cuts will be close to the shortfall of nearly 1.5 billion dollars and the shortfall amount will include the left over from the current financial year that 332 million dollars. The state needs to enter its 4th financial year in crisis because of the recession which hammered in general and also of the collapse of the housing industry. 450 million dollars which is an approximate education cuts listed by the legislative budget staff and it will be spread among the K-12 schools, universities and community colleges. This reduction is 130 million dollar more than the proposed amount by Brewer in the month of January and it is approximately 100 million dollars below the cut approved by the Senate. Brewer and her staff said that the education cuts were 50 million dollars lower than approved amount by the budget staff. Brewer said that she was struggling to protect the K-12 education funding.
By: Teni Sow | Senior Editor at Tambapress.com and Regular Contributor to Presspresser.com